Descendants of James Campbell of Ulster, Ireland

Generation #1

James Campbell of Ulster, Ireland

Grandma Tommie Lenora Campbell Lewis wrote, "Papa’s grandpa William Granville Campbell and six of his brothers left Edgefield, South Carolina, about 1820 and came to Alabama. The brothers scattered off later, some moved west, probably to Louisiana or Texas." And, this statement has directed this line of Campbell research.

James Campbell was born 1749 in Ulster, Ireland. James' personal circumstances are not known, but the general history of Ulster at the time of his migration to America places him in the context of a larger migration pattern of Scot-Irish Protestants to the Carolinas.

Whether by plantation of Protestant immigrants from Scotland or conversion of the local populace, by the 18th Century Scot-Irish Presbyterians were a majority in several counties of Ulster. Much has been said about subjugation of Catholics in Ireland by the Church of England's proxy, the Church of Ireland, after Cromwell's victory in 1651. Even though Presbyterians were not persecuted to the extent as that of Catholics, their existence in Ireland can be described as "second-class" at best. And, young James Campbell was one of these Scot-Irish Protestants who would immigrate to America looking for a better life.

Attracted to the Piedmont of South Carolina by the promise of free land resulting from the Bounty Act of  7/25/1761, James immigrated to South Carolina, arriving aboard the Nancy in 6/1767. Starting with his initial grant of 100 acres in Old 96 District, James worked and farmed to make a life for himself in his new homeland vic. Miller's Crossroads SC.

Research Note: There is circumstantial evidence which connects this James Campbell of Old 96 District/ Edgefield Co SC to the Overstreets of Ft. Augusta GA.

James Campbell was the father of the Campbell Family of Campbellton, Edgefield (now Aiken) Co SC. Campbellton is listed as one of South Carolina's ghost towns and does not appear on current maps. However, the 1833 Tanner Map shows Campbelton south of New Richmond and north of Hamburg SC. This places Campbellton in the slice of Aiken County which was split from Edgefield County in 1871.

Evidence for James as William Granville's father comes in part from the Campbell Family naming pattern. Sons named their firstborn sons after the paternal grandfather. And, William Granville named his firstborn son James. Additionally, James named two of his sons William, and William Granville named two sons James and two sons William.

In about 1775, James married a woman named Hope. Unfortunately, nothing further is known about her. James is found in the 1790 Census for Edgefield Co SC but not the 1800 Census. Reportedly, James died 10/1805 in Campbelton SC. But, documentation to date has not been found.

Family history states that seven of James' sons migrated to Alabama in about 1820. The others "scattered off later," leaving son William Granville and his family in what would become Covington Co AL.

1767 The Nancy departed Belfast, Ireland, and arrived at Charleston, South Carolina.
[South Carolina] Council Journal 33, page 178-184 Meeting of June 22, 1767:
Campbell, James   . . . . . . 18 (100 acres)
Campbell, Rachel  . . . . . -  - (100 acres) Not on Bounty list 
Campbell, Richard . . . . .   22
Males Born
After
# Campbell Females # Campbell
18+   1 James

All

3 Hope
Feruby
Unknown
17- 1778 4 Charles
David
Bailey
Stephen
Males  Born
After
# Campbell  Females Born
After
# Campbell
45+   0 45+   1 Hopey
25-44 1765 0 25-44 1765 0
16-25 1785 2 Wm Davis
John
16-25 1785 1 Sally
10-15 1795 1 Wm Granville 10-15 1795 2 Ann
Martha
to-10 1800 0 to-10 1800 0
Males Born After

#

Campbell Females Born After # Campbell
45+   0   45+   1 Hope Campbell
25-44 1775 1 Wm Davis 25-44 1775 0  
18-25 1795 1 Unknown 16-25 1795 2 Sarah Gray
Unknown
16-18 1802 0  
10-15 1805 0   10-15 1805 0  
to 10 1810 2 Unknown
Unknown
to 10 1810 1 Unknown

    Children

Note: Peter Smith of Richland Co SC had five daughters. Two Campbell boys married two Smith girls, and two Smith girls married two McPherson boys.

    1. James Campbell

Richland County SC Wills, Vol. 2 (1787-1852):
Peter Smith in his will of 1797...bequests to the children or issue of my two daughters Catey and Nancy; Thomas McPherson; James McPherson son of James McPherson, dec'd; Nancy Campbell dau. of James Campbell; Peter Campbell. Witn: William McGrew, John Elders, Henry Moore.

    2. Thomas Campbell

Richland County SC Wills, Vol. 2 (1787-1852):
Peter Smith in his will of 1797...bequests to the children or issue of my two daughters Catey and Nancy; Thomas McPherson; James McPherson son of James McPherson, dec'd; Nancy Campbell dau. of James Campbell; Peter Campbell. Witn: William McGrew, John Elders, Henry Moore.

    3. David Campbell

1850 Federal Census, Butler County, Alabama
HN  FM  Last      First    MI  Age  Sex Occup.  POB
============================================================
114 11  Campbell  David        71   M   Farmer  S. Carolina
                  Flora        50   F           S. Carolina
                  Mary         23   F           S. Carolina
                  Lucinda      15   F           S. Carolina

    4. Peter Campbell

Richland County SC Wills, Vol. 2 (1787-1852):
Peter Smith in his will of 1797...bequests to the children or issue of my two daughters Catey and Nancy; Thomas McPherson; James McPherson son of James McPherson, dec'd; Nancy Campbell dau. of James Campbell; Peter Campbell. Witn: William McGrew, John Elders, Henry Moore.

Thursday, 16 November, 1809. Peter Camel and family from Washington Co GA, received a Ga. passport to travel the Creek Indian Nation.
Males Born
After
# Campbell Females Born
After
# Campbell
21+   2 Peter
William G.

21+

 

 2

 
21- 1800  1   21- 1800 3  

    5. Sarah "Sally" Campbell

Probate for John Head, dec'd, of Edgefield Co SC:
-21 March 1807. Personally appeared before me Alexander Bean, Justice of Peace, Stephenson Campbell, Thomas McDaniel, William Eddins, that they would return the frame certified unto Sarah Head. Signed: Stephenson Campbell, Thomas McDaniel, William Eddins.
-Warrant of Appraisement -to Sarah Head and Peter Head on or before 22 May next Dated: 24 March 1807.
-Memorandum-I hereby petition the ordinary of Edgefield District to grant an order of sale on the personal estate of John Head dec'd. April 3, 1807 Signed: Peter Head, Sarah Head. Signed: Stephen Campbell, Edward Burk, Thomas McDaniel, William Eddins.

    6. Stephen Campbell

Probate for John Head, dec'd, of Edgefield Co SC:
-21 March 1807. Personally appeared before me Alexander Bean, Justice of Peace, Stephenson Campbell, Thomas McDaniel, William Eddins, that they would return the frame certified unto Sarah Head. Signed: Stephenson Campbell, Thomas McDaniel, William Eddins.
-Warrant of Appraisement -to Sarah Head and Peter Head on or before 22 May next Dated: 24 March 1807.
-Memorandum-I hereby petition the ordinary of Edgefield District to grant an order of sale on the personal estate of John Head dec'd. April 3, 1807 Signed: Peter Head, Sarah Head. Signed: Stephen Campbell, Edward Burk, Thomas McDaniel, William Eddins.

    7. Feruby Campbell b. c. 1789 Edgefield Co SC

    8. William Davis Campbell

    9. Bailey Campbell b. c. 1792 Edgefield Co SC

    10. John Campbell

    11. Charles Campbell

Note: The evidence for this person as a brother is the 1830 Conecuh Co AL Census where Charles is found next door to William Granville Campbell.

    12. Ann Campbell b. c. 1797 Edgefield Co SC

    13. Martha Campbell b. c. 1798 Edgefield Co SC

    14. William Granville Campbell b. 10/2/1799 Edgefield Co SC

Generation #2

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